April 23, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue senior Sam Ostarello has been named to the NetScouts Basketball Women's All-Star team and will represent the United States in a tournament in China, facing national teams from Australia, Brazil and China. The NetScouts Basketball Women's All-Star team will be coached by Chris Denker and will play three round-robin games in three cities in China from May 3 to 13.
Ostarello set a school record with 341 rebounds this season and also set set a Purdue NCAA Tournament single-game record with 17 rebounds against Liberty on March 24. The 6-foot-2 forward averaged 9.9 points and 10.0 rebounds in her final season as a Boilermaker, becoming the first Purdue player to average 10 or more rebounds in a single season since 1977-78. She is one of only three players in program history wto finish the season with a double-digit rebounding average. Ostarello was the first Boilermaker to win the Big Ten regular-season rebounding title since Joy Holmes did so in 1990-91. She also became the second Boilermaker to surpass the 900 career rebound mark, finishing with 901. Current assistant coach Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton holds the record with 968 career rebounds. Ostarello was named second team All-Big Ten by the media and helped the Boilermakers to a second-consecutive Big Ten Tournament title, the second round of the NCAA Tournament and a 25-9 record for the second-straight year.
The all-star team will depart the United States on April 29 and arrive in China on May 1. The first stop will be Xiamen, which is on the southeast coast. The first three games will be played in Xiamen on May 3, 4 and 5. From there the team will head to Jiangxi Province and the city of Ganzhou on May 6 with games on May 7, 8 and 9. The final stop will be the city of Nanchang also in the southeastern part of the country. The team will travel May 10 for games on May 11, 12 and 13, then return back to the U.S. on May 14.
Coverage of the tour, including the complete roster can be found here. Two other players from Big Ten schools are on the roster, 6-foot-4 guard Kate Thompson (Michigan) and 6-foot-5 center Morgan Johnson (Iowa).